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"Nothing is impossible,

the word itself says 'I'm possible!' "

Audrey Hepburn

KEY WORDS

Disconnected
Outside
Isolated

Small
Potential

Misunderstood

VIDEO

MEANING

Desiring change but feeling unable to create it is hard. Before accepting something as unchangeable, we can try reframing the problem: are there other paths towards progress which are more accessible? Before accepting we are powerless, if we look again we will discover tools or friends who could help. "Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine." Alan Turing

If you're feeling small or forgotten, take a moment and shift your perspective. In every moment you have the power to make choices that will send ripples out into the universe. Unleash your potential. "Asking for help with shame says: You have the power over me. Asking with condescension says" I have the power over you. But asking for help with gratitude says" We have the power to help each other." Amanda Palmer

OBJECTS

Butterfly (Earth) The caterpillar must protect itself before it can transform. 

Sun (Light) The universe provides several sources of energy to recharge us.

Cloud (Water) Clouds bring the rain that nourishes the trees. The clouds will soon pass.

Sword (Fire) The power to make decisions is always within your reach. Accept your powers.

Spider (Dark) A feeling of being trapped or tricked will be overcome by calmly seeking out good advice.

Feather (Air) There is a lightness and freedom that comes from having fewer responsibilities.

THE MAGIC SEAL

THE ART

Powerless is connected with Powerful, when placed above Powerful to create a unique scene: the cosmos held up by the Titan Atlas. In the centre we see a planet divided into an upper and under world. Everything here is a depiction of the cosmos as seen though the eyes of the ancient Greeks and Romans, a vision partially still alive during the Middle Ages. Powerless makes us fall into a reality where everything seems impossible, where even to move a grain of sand requires a cosmic energy....

AUGMENTED REALITY

Because everything seems impossible, the AR video focuses on the concept that everything is possible if we believe! We should find in ourself the energy to change our way of seeing reality, shifting to a positive and joyful point of view. Thus we see a Buddha statue to represent this effort: we have to find enlightenment inside ourselves, as the Buddha did. 

THE MUSE

Roman Ackley can conjure fire. Not simply making fire appear and disappear, but literally shaping it, breathing it, and making it dance. A Double Guinness World Record Holding Cabaret and Circus Performer and Model, Roman Ackley is here seemingly in the most Powerless position.

Where does power come from? What happens when we have too much or too little power? Do you think Roman Ackley has noticed that every possible element is represented in this card within easy reach? Fire (Sword), Air (Feather), Earth (Butterfly), Light (Sun), Dark (Spider) and Water (Cloud) are all within easy reach. 

To discover more about Roman Ackley click here: Roman Ackley

THE MUSIC

A sinking feeling, and a sinking baseline. A sobbing steel drum that keeps repeating the same call for help is all but drowned-out by the taunting and cackling spectres that circle around us. A metallic distortion undercuts everything insistently. Compare this to the solid rising insistence of the music for Powerful to understand two different persectives on power. No matter how powerless or isolated we may seem at one particular moment, those conditions also give us most freedom to reinvent ourselves, like the Butterfly. This too shall pass, so make sure to enjoy moments of freedom from external obligations or expectations.

LINKS TO GO DEEPER

For a beautiful and delicate moment, lose yourself in Tchaikovsky's Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker (click to listen on Spotify).

Here's an amazing article which explains why Kryptonite is one of the reasons Superman is such a beloved superhero: Why-Sci Website

© 2019 by Oracolarium. By Andrea Aste & Neil Kelso